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Author: Fazale Rana

I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell's complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life's origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.

Still, evangelism wasn't important to me - until my father died. His death helped me appreciate how vital evangelism is. It was at that point I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence - evidence that is being uncovered day after day - for God's existence and the reliability of Scripture.

  • Conservation Biology Studies Elicit Doubts about the First Human Population Size

    April 26, 2017

    Prior to joining Reasons to Believe in June of 1999, I spent seven years working in research and development for a Fortune 500 company. Part of my responsibilities included method development. My lab worked on developing analytical methods to measure the active ingredients in our products. But more interesting to me was the work we did designing methods to predict consumer responses to our product prototypes.

    • Creation & Genesis
    • Human Origins
    • Adam & Eve
  • Does Radiocarbon Dating Prove a Young Earth? A Response to Vernon R. Cupps

    April 19, 2017

    In my experience, one of the most persuasive scientific claims for a young Earth is the detection of carbon-14 in geological samples such as coal and fossilized dinosaur remains.

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Age of the Earth
  • Can Science Detect the Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature?

    April 12, 2017

    In early March (2017), I took part in a forum at Samford University (Birmingham, AL), entitled Genesis and Evolution. At this two-day event, the panelists presented and discussed scientific and biblical perspectives on Young-Earth, Old-Earth, and Evolutionary versions of creationism.

    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Intelligent Design
  • What Does the Discovery of Earth’s Oldest Fossils Mean for Evolutionary Models?

    March 29, 2017

    Communication can be a complex undertaking. Often, people don’t say what they really mean. And if they do, their meaning is often veiled in what they say. That’s why it’s important to learn how to read between the lines. Understanding the real meaning when something isn’t explicitly stated usually requires experience and some insider’s knowledge.

    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Origin of Life
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  • Latest Insights into Obesity Fatten the Case for Human Design

    March 22, 2017

    As a biochemist, I have come up with a radical new diet plan: Eat less and exercise more. Yet, recent work by a research team led by Herman Pontzer at Hunter College exposed the flaws in my newfangled diet before I could even try it out. As it so happens, an emerging body of data indicates that exercise contributes very little to weight loss.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Anthropology
  • Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

    March 15, 2017

    At last year’s AMP Conference, I delivered a talk titled: “How the Greatest Challenges Can Become the Greatest Opportunities for the Gospel.” I illustrated this point by describing three scientific concepts related to the origin of humanity that 20 years ago stood as insurmountable challenges to the traditional biblical view of human origins. But, thanks to scientific advances, these concepts have been replaced with new insights that turn these challenges into evidence for the Christian faith.

    • Life Design
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
  • Hagfish Slime Expands the Case for a Creator

    March 8, 2017

    The designs found in biological systems never cease to amaze me. Even something as gross and seemingly insignificant as hagfish slime displays remarkable properties, befitting the handiwork of a Creator. In fact, the design of hagfish slime is so ingenious, it is serving as the source of inspiration for researchers from the US Navy in their quest to develop new types of military technology.

    • Life Design
    • Cambrian Explosion
    • Intelligent Design
    • Biomimicry
    • Proteins
    • Biochemistry
  • The Remarkable Scientific Accuracy of Psalm 139

    March 1, 2017

    Psalm 139 has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Maybe it’s because I have recently written a couple of articles about the incredible design of human pregnancy—design that highlights just how fearfully and wonderfully human beings are made.

    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
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  • Earwax Discovery Gives New Hearing to the Case for Intelligent Design

    February 22, 2017

    If you are like most people, you probably haven’t devoted much thought to earwax, unless it relates to the safest way to clean it out of your ears. But earwax is worth thinking about, because it is a remarkable substance with extraordinary properties, as recent work by engineers from Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) attests.1 In fact, the GIT researchers think that they can use their new insight about earwax to develop specialized filters for electronic devices that must perform in dusty environments.

    • Challenges to Evolution
    • Life Design
    • Biomimicry
    • Anthropology
  • Recent Insights into Morning Sickness Bring Up New Evidence for Design

    February 15, 2017

    There is no end to a mother’s love. Most willingly sacrifice and even suffer for their children’s sake. And for many women, this suffering starts in the early days of their pregnancies. Somewhere between 50% to 70% of women experience morning sickness—nausea, vomiting, and disgust toward certain foods—beginning near the onset of their pregnancies, and continuing for 2 to 3 months into the second trimester.

    • Parasites & Diseases
    • Life Design
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Design
  • Were Neanderthals People, Too? A Response to Jon Mooallem

    February 8, 2017

    Recently, I conducted an informal survey through my Facebook page, asking my friends, “What do you think is the most significant scientific challenge to the Christian faith?” The most consistent concern related to Neanderthals. Why did God create these creatures (and other hominids)? How do we make sense of human-Neanderthal interbreeding? What about Neanderthal behavior? Didn’t these creatures behave just like us?

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
  • Q&A: Why Would a Limitless Creator Face Trade-Offs in Biochemical Designs?

    February 1, 2017

    In my experience, no one denies the complexity and sophistication of biochemical systems, regardless of their philosophical or religious views. To put it another way, there is no debate. Biochemical systems have the indisputable appearance of design. The question at the center of the creation/evolution controversy relates to the source of the design. Is it the handiwork of a Creator? Or, is it the product of unguided, evolutionary processes? Is the design authentic? Or is it only apparent?

    • Laws of Physics
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
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  • The Female Brain: Pregnant with Design

    January 25, 2017

    I’ve learned the hard way: It is best to be circumspect when offering commentary about pregnancy, especially when women are around. So, it’s with some hesitation I bring up the latest scientific insight developed by a team of researchers from Spain. These investigators discovered that pregnancy alters a woman’s brain. In fact, pregnancy reduces her grey matter.1 (Okay Fuz. Hold your tongue. Don’t say what you’re thinking.)

    • Mental Health
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Life Design
    • Design
  • Does Dinosaur Tissue Challenge Evolutionary Timescales? A Response to Kevin Anderson, Part 2

    January 18, 2017

    What is the proper relationship between science and the Christian faith? Answering that question can be complicated, involving an interplay between science, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. Perhaps it’s not surprising that evangelical Christians (who all take Scripture seriously) advocate disparate models, weighing differently the data and insights from science and Scripture.

    • Dinosaurs
    • Flood Geology
    • Fossil Record
    • Age of the Earth
  • Does Dinosaur Tissue Challenge Evolutionary Timescales? A Response to Kevin Anderson, Part 1

    January 11, 2017

    Is there a bona fide scientific challenge to the age of the Earth, which is measured to be 4.5 billion years old? As an old-earth creationist (OEC), I would answer no. But, there has been one scientific argument for a young Earth that has given me some pause for thought: the discovery of soft tissue remnants in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs (and other organisms). Paleontologists have discovered the remnants of blood vessels, red blood cells, bone cells, and protein fragments, such as collagen and keratin, in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs that age-date older than 65 million years.

    • Flood Geology
    • Fossil Record
    • Dinosaurs
    • Age of the Earth
  • Duck-Billed Platypus Venom: Designed for Discovery

    January 4, 2017

    I wouldn’t classify it as a bucket-list experience, but it was off-the-charts cool to see a duck-billed platypus up close a few years ago when my wife and I visited Tasmania. This little creature reminded me of a beaver as he swam around in the water.

    • Design
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
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